Angels and Insects

Angels and Insects

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Director: Philip Haas

Cast: Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit

     
 

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Philip Haas' stylish Angels & Insects comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. White it is wonderful (possibly necessary) to have this film in its original aspect ratio, the anamorphic process would have greatly improved the film's distinctive and bright colors. English and Spanish soundtracks areSee more details below

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Philip Haas' stylish Angels & Insects comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. White it is wonderful (possibly necessary) to have this film in its original aspect ratio, the anamorphic process would have greatly improved the film's distinctive and bright colors. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a decent disc from MGM/UA, but it could have been better.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Philip Haas's adaptation of A.S. Byatt's witty, ironic take on the social practices of an aristocratic family in Victorian England is a chilling meditation on the insularity of wealth. However, it focuses on William Adamson Mark Rylance, an impoverished naturalist who has returned from a decade in the Amazon. He becomes a long-term guest of Jeremy Kemp, who has an interest in science, and eventually marries his lovely daughter Eugenia Patsy Kensit. Drawing a not too subtle parallel between the habits of the insect societies Adamson studies and the barbaric mores of his highly civilized patrons, Haas throws the assumed hierarchy of species into question. As in a Henry James novel, the characters' behavior is often oblique and their speech elliptical, yet they point the way to an ugly truth that is soon surmised. Rylance is properly dour and dense as a scientist too myopic to divine his fate, Kensit effective as the butterfly fluttering her wings, and Kristin Scott-Thomas brilliantly ironic as the plain, sympathetic Matty Brompton. Paul Brown's stunning costume design, particularly for the women, also plays an integral role in the film's impact.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
UPC:
0027616874016
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:58:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo surround; Spanish: Stereo surround; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Rylance William Adamson
Kristin Scott Thomas Matty Crompton
Patsy Kensit Eugenia Alabaster
Jeremy Kemp Sir Harold Alabaster
Douglas Henshall Edgar
Annette Badland Lady Alabaster
Claire Brown Child Servant
Graham Glover Pallbearer
John Jenkins Ralph Blackwood
Chris Larkin Robin
Anna Massey Miss Mead
Stephanie Smith Dancer
Walter White Tailor

Technical Credits
Philip Haas Director,Screenwriter
Lidsay Law Executive Producer
Sarah Monzani Makeup
Kerry Orent Producer
Bernard Zitzermann Cinematographer
Celestia Fox Casting
Belinda Haas Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer Kernke Production Designer
Joyce Herlihy Producer
Paul Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
A.S. Byatt Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Tribal Dances [8:39]
2. Morpho Eugenia [5:27]
3. Savages and Science [6:12]
4. A Queen and a Knight [8:38]
5. Moon and Colored Air [9:49]
6. "So Happy Together" [12:17]
7. How Babies Change [9:06]
8. Charades [7:58]
9. The Book & the Wrist [9:01]
10. Red Ant Raid [4:14]
11. Useless Males? [5:20]
12. A Nice Surprise [5:31]
13. A Nasty Surprise [7:57]
14. Metamorphoses [10:46]
15. Two Berths Waiting [3:29]
16. Credits [2:29]

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